The Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement (CREATURE) brings together interdisciplinary research in the creative arts, its practice, cultural impact and societal engagement. CREATURE hosts a range of disciplines, including art and design practices (creative writing, digital arts, fashion and textile, interior design, music, performance arts, photography, visual arts), histories and visual material culture. Drawing on our School of Art, Architecture and Design’s tradition of cross-disciplinary studio practice and collaboration, CREATURE members are uniquely placed to study the changing nature of the creative arts with new aesthetics, creative processes of making and theorising, and understanding of cultural production in an evolving society. Through research, practice, commission and consultancy, CREATURE members have taken the dual role as academic researchers and art/cultural practitioners with many involved in activism, curation, journalism and the creative and cultural industries on a national and international level.
Three research groups sit within CREATURE, each focused on specific topics or area of enquiry:
Public-Face provides a context to develop and disseminate research through public and performative activities, with a particular focus on practices in art, architecture and design.
Making Matters deals with the practices, processes and theories of the creative arts.
Transcultural Exchanges and Network considers cultural interaction, transformation and entanglements in visual and material culture shaped by transcultural and intercultural transactions.
Upcoming research events from CREATURE
Latest news from CREATURE
Shrine of the Goat: new Live/VR performance work from London Met academic
Running from 10-12 June as part of the London Festival of Architecture, this integrated VR performance asks what would happen if goats were to outlive - or replace - humans.
Making Matters - The Exhibition
5 - 13 May 2022
First exhibition by the Making Matters research group features work by thirteen members of staff and PhD students from the School of Art, Architecture and Design.
The Vanished East End
7 - 28 April 2022
The Brady Arts Centre to host exhibition of photography of London's East End in the 1970s and 1980s including work from London Met's East End Archive.
Book launch: Appropriate(d) Interiors
Taking place 23 March at 5pm
A book launch for the latest publication in Pratt Institute’s series Interior Provocations will feature discussion from Dr Harriet McKay from London Met's CREATURE Research Centre.
Out on an Island
A free event explored the themes behind a new book about the Isle of Wight's Hidden LGBTQ+ History.
Raising the cost of Putin's war: soft power and the fight for Ukraine
It is vital for the international community to raise their voices in universal condemnation of the horrific violation of human rights in Ukraine, writes Dr Anna Marazuela Kim.
Celebrating the voices and local community of Thamesmead
27 January- 2 October 2022
Work by artist and London Met Fine Art Professor Bob and Roberta Smith celebrates the voices and local community of Thamesmead.
London Met supports development of new anti-Apartheid artworks
Professor Wessie Ling will work with the Liliesleaf Trust UK to commission six new artworks which explore the contemporary resonance of the heritage of the struggle against apartheid.
London Met students design new Pavilion for the National Forest
The winning design will be built next month by students from a local construction college, and used as an exhibition space about climate change.
Ecological Dialogues: Sustainable Communities and the Question of Nature
New talks series from the London Met Lab explores some of the biggest environmental challenges facing the world today.
The Public Art Experiment
London Met collaborates with British Council Hong Kong for Spark Festival 2021.
HomeGrownHouse: London Met housing project to be highlighted at COP26
A research project led by London Met’s George Fereday which offers sustainable, low-cost solutions to UK construction, will be showcased at the major climate conference COP26.
Economy for Common Good
The Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement is running a series of events on research around cultural commons.
London Met highlighted in COP26 Universities Network
The University has been recognised for the role of its academic research and sustainability strategy in driving a zero-carbon future.